The benefits of honey for athletes have recently been demonstrated by many studies. Honey is a simple, effective and all natural carbohydrate alternative to the highly-refined sugars found in heavily marketed sports drinks and gels.
Richard Kreider, Professor and Department Head, Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University, conducted three studies that showed how honey can improve endurance exercise capacity.
All studies demonstrated that honey could be an alternative, improved option for endurance athletes and strength athletes, for improving athletic performance.
In “Honey and Sports nutrition: Report for the American Honey Board”, 2001, Kreider highlights that it is important for athletes to maintain a consistent blood-sugar level throughout their exercise and competition. It is known that a high-glycemic index can cause spikes in blood sugar and energy. Honey has a moderate glycemic index (he measured it as 43 out of 100, where he placed white bread).
What Honey should athletes use?
Of all the available honeys, this traditional Maori medicinal plant honey is a powerful and versatile healer with a long history of use for treating many ailments, in modern times backed up by conclusive research from New Zealand’s University of Waikato. It is strongly antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. For athletes putting their bodies under strain from intensive training regimes, supplementing their diet and fuelling their exercise, there is simply no better alternative than Manuka Honey as proven by history as well as modern science.